Robber picks wrong Peoples office

Police are looking for a man who successfully robbed an Athens bank Monday afternoon after trying and failing to rob a Peoples Bank office in Marietta earlier that day.

The suspect, a white male between the ages of 40 to 50, walked into a Peoples Bank office at 206 Scammel St. in Marietta around 12:30 p.m. and brandished a gun at employees before determining that little cash was kept on the premises and fleeing.

“He realized he wasn’t going to get enough out of it, so he left,” said Sgt. Greg Nohe, a detective with the Marietta Police Department.

Then around 2:50 p.m., the suspect successfully stole an undisclosed amount of cash at gunpoint from a JP Morgan Chase Bank on East State Street in Athens, according to a press release from the Athens Police Department.

Surveillance footage captured in Athens linked the suspect to the previous crime, said Nohe.

“Our robbery suspect was positively identified by (Peoples Bank) employees by the pictures that were provided by the Athens Police Department,” he said.

The suspect is approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall, 180 pounds, with a small amount of facial hair. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, a blue baseball cap, and sunglasses when he attempted the robbery in Marietta.

In Athens, he had changed into a tan shirt, added Nohe.

He appeared to be using a silver semi-automatic pistol, according to the press release.

Shortly after the incident in Marietta, law enforcement issued a request for city employees to be the lookout for the man.

Detectives employed the help of a bloodhound from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, which led officers to a home on the 400 block of Third Street around 2 p.m. However, the information gleaned there was “not very helpful,” said Nohe.

In Washington County, the man will face charges of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. The charge carries a maximum 11-year prison sentence. Because he brandished a gun, the suspect could potentially be charged with a gun specification that would automatically add three years onto any sentence imposed.

Police are requesting that anyone who has information pertaining to the robbery contact the Marietta Police Department at 376-2007.